Arizona Cardinals tight end John Carlson, a Litchfield, Minn., native, has announced his retirement from football, a week shy of his 31st birthday.
The Carolina Panthers have dealt with a whole host of injuries over the course of the season. Now, they’re in the postseason and looking at very few injuries for the Wild Card Weekend game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Green Bay Packers do not have many holes in their game as they enter the playoffs as the No. 2 seed in the NFC. However, one is their blocking in the kicking game. They allowed more combined blocked field goals, extra point attempts and punts than they had in the previous five seasons combined.
The Carolina Players were lucky to make the playoffs with a record of 7-8-1, but they won the NFC South and they are there. Now, if they defeat the Arizona Cardinals in the Wild Card round, then more than Thomas Davis will know what it’s like to notch a playoff victory as a Panther.
The Minnesota Vikings have more confidence and optimism heading into this offseason than they did a year ago. They have two of the most important pieces in place in head coach Mike Zimmer and Teddy Bridgewater. Also, they improved in several areas from the past season. The Vikings have 12 free agents this offseason, but just one opening day starter.
The Green Bay Packers do not have to play this Sunday. That is a good thing as quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be able to get some extra rest before the Packers begin their run toward the Super Bowl. They will host one of three teams in the Divisional Round. Their opponent will be determined by the outcome of the Detroit Lions at Dallas Cowboys game.
Teddy Bridgewater has learned on the fly since taking over as the Minnesota Vikings quarterback after Matt Cassel was injured in Week 3. Head coach Mike Zimmer is happy with the progress the rookie first round draft pick has made in his 10 starts. The Vikings are 0-5 in divisional games this season. They have one game left to get Zimmer’s first win against a division-rival. Linebacker Chad Greenway is one of eight finalists for the inaugural NFL’s Sportsmanship Award.
Two defensive-minded teams with sub-par quarterbacks produced the lowest-scoring game of the season last night. The Arizona Cardinals improved to 11-3 without scoring a touchdown, winning in St. Louis 12-6.
The Rams have been especially strong, as they are coming off back-to-back shutouts. While three in a row does not look likely, they could very well hold the visitor to less than two touchdowns.
The St. Louis Rams aren’t necessarily out of the playoff race, but one more loss could get them to that point. The Arizona Cardinals have struggled a little since Carson Palmer went down with a season-ending injury. Now, the two NFC West teams are going to battle it out on “Thursday Night Football” and CBS Sports’ Dan Fouts talked about how important the game is for both.
A win Thursday could put Arizona in the playoffs for the first time in five seasons; the simplest combination involves Dallas and Philadelphia not tying.
The Minnesota Vikings face the red hot Green Bay Packers fresh off an embarrassing loss to the Chicago Bears. The Packers enter the matchup after posting back-to-back 50+ point games. They are one of the hottest teams in the NFL. The Packers will be heavy favorites to win the game.
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The Minnesota Vikings face the Washington Redskins Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium in Week 9 of the NFL season. The Vikings are coming off an overtime victory while the Redskins won on Monday over the Dallas Cowboys. The Redskins offense has struggled and the defense has allowed very little yards, but a lot of points.
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Teddy Bridgewater gave the giddy fans chanting his first name a pair of go-ahead touchdown throws to cheer for in the fourth quarter, giving the Minnesota Vikings a 30-28 victory over the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night. Bridgewater floated a back-shoulder fade pass from 2 yards out to Rodney Smith with 18 seconds remaining for the lead, after the Cardinals had gone ahead on a bizarre fourth-down score about a minute earlier.
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With the NFL Draft less than a month away, the Minnesota Vikings announced their 2014 preseason schedule on Tuesday. It will be the Vikings first of two seasons playing at TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota while their new stadium is under construction.
The Minnesota Vikings play the Detroit Lions Sunday in the last game ever in Mall of America Field. The Lions have a dynamic passing offense. They boast stout front-seven on their defense. Running back Reggie Bush and defensive tackle Nick Fairley are a pair of players to watch for the Lions.
The Minnesota Vikings host the Carolina Panthers in their first game since beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 4. The Panthers and Vikings have a combined 2-6 record with wins over winless teams. The Panthers are led by quarterback Cam Newton on offense and middle linebacker Luke Kuechly on defense.
Anybody who watched the Cardinals last year saw that they needed help at the quarterback position. Considering their options, Arizona has to be happy with their off-season addition of Carson Palmer.
Larry Fitzgerald Jr. is among the best in the game, and it all started in Minneapolis. Today the all-pro wide receiver brought a piece of the NFL to the first field he played on. Fitzgerald, who lives in Eden Prairie in the offseason, credits the beginning of his success to the adults who believed in him as a child. “The coaches that coached me here, I mean, so many people invested in me as a child, and they didn’t have to,” Fitzgerald said.
The Minnesota Vikings are one game behind the two wild card teams by one game in the standings. It plays the team right behind it in the standings Sunday at the Edward Jones Dome. The St. Louis Rams have won three straight, including two on the road.
The Minnesota Vikings signed John Carlson to a long term in March, but several injuries have made fans wonder if it was a good signing. It is somewhat ironic that his role with the Vikings should expand due to a concussion to Kyle Rudolph.